It's that time again..

Discussion in 'Ask The Experts' started by TheNameIsJambo, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. TheNameIsJambo

    TheNameIsJambo New Member

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    Hi all,

    This is my first post on an audiophile forum, ever! I hope you're proud and glad I chose hifiheadphones!

    So let me introduce myself. My name is Jamie, I hail from the proud Kingdom of Fife and I kill my soul slowly in the office every working day and strangely enough, this is exactly where I listen to music 80-90% of my day and where I'm writing this right now (On my lunch ofcourse ;))

    I've been a massive music and movie buff for the better part of my 'adult' life. Considering 'Adult' = Whenever you really start appreciating the best your senses have to offer.

    So, down to business.

    My current headphones = Bose Triport On-Ear.

    Don't judge me.

    The reasoning behind this madness was:
    1. Impressive sound quality from such small housing.
    2. They say Bose.
    Only joking! I just think they suited my needs best at the time. They offered up least disruption to the office and commuters/general public in a small package. Plus I thought I'd try one of the largest 'poser' brands in the industry. (Not saying that I'm made of money or anything, they were an impulse purchase which left my bank balance considerably poorer.)

    The reason I want to trade in these overpriced nutshells is because the housing is beginning to rattle more than a deprived heroin addict! And it is literally driving me crazy. I think this is more to do with the ridiculously cheap build - both the feeling and look - from such an overpriced product. And to be honest, the sound isn't that great, but it does step on the toes of the bigger boys out there, especially for an supra-aural alternative!

    I've been looking at some extreme-bass alternatives, since these Triports are extremely bassy themselves (for their size). I'm not too bothered as to which kind of headphones I buy - supra/circum-aural. Just aslong as they sit on or around your ears and boom you're immersed. And I think the feeling of pure immersion from a pair of cans is what matters most.

    I've tried a few headsets and the Triports really tickled my pickle at the time, I don't know why.. There is just something about the sound that they produce that keeps drawing me back and I need to find something that can trump it; something that gives 110% rather than 100%.

    I've been looking at 'DJ' or 'Pro' headphones with lowish resistance (So I don't need an amp) to replace these little blighters and I'd prefer them to be closed-back (or I'd be in trouble with my extremely grumpy colleague) but if semi/fully open-back can produce a higher quality sound then I'm all over it. He can live with Pearl Jam, Pendulum and Rodrigo y Gabriela - I'm sure.

    Circumaural
    Audio technica
    AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-A700
    OR
    AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-PRO700 DJ
    Why these? Mainly because you've recommended them [open-back variation] on almost every page here. Plus the 53mm driver = Wow.

    Shure
    SHURE SRH840
    Why these? Shure = Creamy pants of build qualities. They've been around since the dawn of time, haven't they? And to my surprise, these cans aren't recommended anywhere on the site, but I've heard of their power to be awesome.

    Sennheiser
    SENNHEISER HD595
    Why these? I really don't know. Plus they're open-back. I've had Sennheisers in the past, they sounded good.. Great infact, but they just weren't comfy. I've had 2 pairs of earphones/headphones from Sennheiser and they fatigued my ears, physically, to wear them. But these look like the best low impedance cans that they have to offer.

    Sony
    SONY MDR-XB700
    OR
    SONY MDR-V700DJ
    Why these? Well from what I believe.. That these both deliver mind melting bass. Although the bass can be loose and slightly overpowering.

    Supra-Aural
    Audio-Technica
    AUDIO TECHNICA ATH-ES55
    Why these? They look like the mutts nuts of on-ear headphones. Great range. 40mm diameter boom-boxes crammed into those mini-cans!

    Sennheiser
    SENNHEISER PX200-II
    OR
    SENNHEISER PXC250
    Why these? I've heard great things about these (PX200- Especially for the price: £60)... But they're Sennheiser...


    That's my 2 cents. And I hope you aren't throwing monitors or rocks my way because of my current choice of headphones! ;)

    Those aren't the choices I'm narrowing myself down to, I'm open to any and all recommendations; even to gimmicky headphones such as Marshall Major's!

    Just to remind y'all of what I'm after:
    • Low impedance headphones
    • Under £200 (I can't justify paying something equivalent to a mortgage for a headset, no matter how astounding they are. Not all of my music is 320kbps or in a lossless format either[Except Pink Floyd], which would defeat all purposes of ultra-rich cans.)
    • Preferably closed-back

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers,
    Jamie.
     
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  2. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

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    Hey Jamie, welcome to the forum.

    The Shure SRH-840 would fit the bill perfectly in my opinion. The bass is powerful (assuming the music has lots of it) and well defined. The headphones are very very well made and are designed to last.

    If you are looking for something more portable the Audio-Technica ATH-ES55 is well worth considering. Plenty of bass and good clarity also.

    Another one well worth considering is the truly excellent Audio-Technica ATH-M50. Like the Shure SRH-840 these are professional grade headphones built to last forever.
     
  3. TheNameIsJambo

    TheNameIsJambo New Member

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    Thanks for the reply Shaun, it's much appreciated, and it goes to show you look after customers!

    I've spotted another thread over here regarding portable amps, and oddly enough he has purchased the SRH-480s also.

    I'm thinking about using an LOD cable with the nifty little FiiO E7 for office/home use and using the FiiO E5 for commuting. I couldn't imagine carrying around the E7 in my pocket along with my iPhone, it just seems like a bit too much.

    I may not need to buy the amp at all if the SRH-480s don't really require a boost of any kind! But I do know that you can get a lot more quality from your source if you use a direct line out + DAC, rather than using the built in amp.

    I'm putting aside my old 128kbps rips from my college days, hence the quality upgrade.

    Would you recommend the E7 and just bear the burden of carrying it around, or just go for both?

    Cheers,
    Jamie.

    EDIT:

    I am considering these as the alternative: Audio-Technica ATH-ES55 since they are commuter friendly, but I think I'm wanting to invest in headphones rather than just make a purchase.

    I literally just want to buy them all! My local stores only have a limited stock of headphones that are available to test, mostly Sennheiser, Sony & Bose. So I don't have the option to risk it for a biscuit, or it means returning it to the seller, which causes all kinds of upset wallets.
     
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  4. Shaun-HiFi

    Shaun-HiFi Administrator Staff Member

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    Shure SRH-840 v Audio-Technica ATH-ES7

    Both the SRH-840 and ATH-ES7 are excellent headphones with similar sound signatures. The SRH-840 has the benefit of larger ear cups and drivers, which gives a bigger sense of scale to the sound.

    It's not unusual to have a pair of headphones for home/office as well as a portable pair, but it's obviously now starting to get more expensive! :eek:

    DACs like the FiiO E7 are really good for upgrading a computer's headphone output, but as you say may be a little on the large side to carry around with an iPod. The E5 (or the new SoundMAGIC A10) would be more suitable for out and about.
     
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